Cities & Cultures (Hardcover)

Author: Miles, Malcolm

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"Cities & Cultures "is a critical account of the relations between contemporary cities and the cultures they produce and which in turn shape them. The book questions received ideas of what constitutes a city's culture through cases in which different kinds of culture - the arts, cultural institutions and heritage, or distinctive ways of life - are seen to be differently used in or affected by the development of particular cities. The book does not mask the complexity of this, but explains it in ways accessible for undergraduates.
The book begins with introductory chapters on the concepts of a city and a culture (the latter in the anthropological sense as well as denoting the arts), citing cases from modern literature. The book then moves from a critical account of cultural production in a metropolitan setting to the idea that a city, too, is produced through the characteristic ways of life of its inhabitants. The cultural industries are scrutinized for their relation to such cultures as well as tocity marketing, and attention is given to the European Cities of Culture initiative, and to the hybridity of contemporary urban cultures in a period of globalization and migration. In its penultimate chapter the book looks at incidental cultural forms such as skateboarding and graffiti, and in its final chapter asks whether cultures of resistance are evident in cities in the affluent world seen by some commentators as market-led dystopias. Sources are introduced, positions clarified and contrasted, and notes given for selective further reading.
The book is original in playing on the two meanings of culture, and relating arguments around these meanings to specific cases of urbandevelopment today. It includes both critical comment on a range of literatures, being a truly inter-disciplinary study, and the outcome of the author's field research into urban cultures.

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Publisher Routledge
Mfg Part# 9780415354424
SKU 203515004
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0415354420
Release Date 6/18/2007
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0243
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